The DogChannel Newswire (1-4-11)

Washington D.C. police cars get dog-friendly upgrades; Missouri shelter closing postponed; other news.

Posted: January 4, 2011, 2 a.m. EST

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Capitol Police Cars Get Dog-Friendly Upgrades
The Ford Crown Victoria K9 vehicles have several nifty features. There are state-of-the-art cages inside to transport the dogs safely, and each vehicle comes with the Hotdog safety system. During the summer, the vehicle’s air-conditioning system keeps the canine occupant comfortable. If the A/C fails and the mercury rises, the Hotdog system rolls down the electric windows and sounds the vehicle horn, The Washington Post reports.
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Agility Trials Draw Some of Nation’s Top Dogs to The Fieldhouse
One of the top dogs in the nation ran in the Dog Agility Trials conducted by the Parkersburg (W.Va.) Obedience Training Club at The Fieldhouse. Lilly, a 4-year-old Miniature Poodle who recently won the American Kennel Club Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., ran the course for 12-inch dogs without knocking a bar down, making it a clean run. Her owner was hopeful she would win the local event in her division, ZanesvilleTimesRecorder.com reports.
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Farmington, Mo., No-Kill Pet Adoption Center Gets Extension
The Farmington No-Kill Pet Adoption Center gets a 30-day extension from the health department to stay open. According to Beth Haafe the adoption center has until January 26 to come up with $25,000 to install a new septic system. The No-Kill Adoption Center has raised half of the money to meet the $25,000 goal and have plans to raise more, KFVS12.com reports.
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Dogs: They Make Us More Human
Data from the American Pet Products Association show that U.S. owners spent about $47.7 billion last year on their pets, particularly on their dogs. Dogs, in turn, provide their owners a range of benefits such as enriching their relationships, relieving them from stress and filling a large void in their lives, AZCentral.com reports.
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